Wildflowers forum: Viable Seeds?

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Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Chillybean
Aug 24, 2015 5:33 PM CST
I collected some Golden Alexander seeds today. There were not many left, maybe birds, or they've dropped, so I figured I best get what I could now.

The heads and stems were brown, so I believe they are completely dry. I am planning on passing these to others, Is there any way to make sure they are good seed, not duds?

Thank you very much for any replies.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Nov 3, 2015 9:47 AM CST
For a home gardener, a germination test is a way of testing seeds.
Count out 10 seeds onto a moist paper towel and keep in a warm place.
See if they germinate or not.

That is the simplest test.
Golden Alexanders may need some chilling before they will germinate?
Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Spiders! Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants I helped beta test the first seed swap
Region: Nebraska Keeper of Poultry Rabbit Keeper Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 2
Chillybean
Nov 5, 2015 6:50 PM CST
All the seeds I have collected need to be chilled. Some require 60 days in the fridge.

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